Finding ways to create something beautiful in the dark nights of a complex world


Boat Life History (General) Seasonal

Snow on Water

Jan. 31, 2021

This week the first proper snow of the winter fell. For a while, our world was transformed. If you love snow, a boat is the perfect place to enjoy it. If you hate snow, a boat is the perfect place to escape it! Journal entry…

Boat Life History (Canals)

Deep and Wide

Jan. 24, 2021

Another January storm has passed over us. But, tonight we have a stock of gingernut biscuits and the knowledge that each day the daylight gets longer and the spring is coming. In this episode, with its usual sprinkling weath…

Boat Life

Keeping Warm

Jan. 10, 2021

What is it like to be on a narrowboat in the grip of a winter’s cold spell? How do you keep warm on a boat? Living and working on the canal systems in winter has been notoriously difficult and hard. In this episode we reflec…

Boat Life Seasonal

Greet the New Year

Jan. 1, 2021

For most people, 2020 has been a stressful year of frustration, disappointment, fear and anxiety. It is not surprising that we look forward to welcoming in 2021. Join me on Narrowboat 506812 as we reflect on the significance…

Boat Life History (Personal)

Winter of 1962/3

Dec. 19, 2020

A first-hand account remembering life aboard a small boat with a small family during the harsh winter of 1962/3. The time we lived on the Kathy were always very precious to Mum and she later wrote about them. Her writings ev…

Boat Life


Nov. 28, 2020

As the weather gets increasingly wintery and frosts burn the air, we look at the waterways and the practicalities of boating. How do you turn a 58ft boat in a narrow canal? Can you boat through the night? What happens to the…

Boat Life History (Canals)

Down the Cut

Nov. 15, 2020

‘The cut’ is one of the old vernacular names given to the canal. It was the one most of us used during my childhood. The name reminds us of its history and construction. This episode explores the strange and sometimes ambiva…

Boat Life

Narrowboat Lockdown

Nov. 8, 2020

The UK enters its second lockdown. Movement on the waterways is once again restricted to 'essential needs only.' It's the same, but different. This episode reflects on this and what it can teach us about ourselves. There is…

Boat Life


Oct. 30, 2020

In this episode we walk through NB Erica and answer some of your questions about life aboard a narrowboat. We touch on the vexed question of whether it is 'port and starboard' or 'left and right', and we learn about tumbleho…

Boat Life History (Personal)

The Erica behind the Erica

Oct. 18, 2020

In this episode we explore the history of NB 506812 before she became our home and meet the Erica behind the Erica. Journal entry: “16th October, Friday. The canal continues to thread its silent way through autumn. There’s a…

Boat Life

Duck calls in the Night

Oct. 4, 2020

Join me on the first Nighttime on Still Waters podcast. It is really a getting to know you podcast where I introduce you to the Erica 58ft narrowboat and this is the beginning of our audio journal about our life aboard and t…